DECIPHER: Decisions on the Risks and Benefits of Geoengineering the Climate (2019-2020)

This Bass Connections project supported a broadly considered projection of what consequences may occur as a result of geoengineering. To achieve this, the project team examined a series of risk-based decision scenarios involving geoengineering technologies, considered from a variety of vantage points.

The team website distills many of the lessons that the team took from researching the risks and potential benefits of geoengineering. Team members also created three storytelling projects about geoengineering:

  1. An article on marine cloud brightening and its potential to address concerns about threats to the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Two editorials on the potential for carbon dioxide removal in the Triangle and the state of North Carolina
  3. A series of three podcasts (“Operation Climate”) that bring the issues of geoengineering to a wider audience.

Timing

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Team Outputs

Can Geoengineering Help with Climate Change? (Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase 2020)

Team website

Could Trees Be the Low-hanging Fruit of Climate Action? (editorial by Elliott Davis and Ari Bechtel)

Trees in the Triangle: Good for Climate Action and Much More (editorial by Andrew Frank and Peter Polonsky Jr.)

Next, Let’s Flatten the Curve of Climate Change (article by Mengfan Li, Kevin Peng, Rohan Rajan, Harshvardhan Sanghi and Megan Wang)

Operation Climate (podcast series by Matthew Brune, Rosanne Lam, Katherine Li, Sergio Macias-Vazquez and Natasha von Seelen)

Mark Borsuk, Tyler Felgenhauer, Billy Pizer, Jonathan Wiener, Collaborative Research Implications of Solar Radiation Management for Strategic Behavior and Climate Governance ($565,872 grant awarded from National Science Foundation, 2019)

Mark Borsuk, Jonathan Wiener, Billy Pizer, Drew Shindell, Tyler Felgenhauer, Khara Grieger, Varun Mallampalli, Duke Provost Collaboratory Grant (grant awarded from Duke Provost, 2018)

This Team in the News

Marine Cloud Brightening Provides a Glimmer of Hope for Climate Change

Faculty Perspectives: Jonathan Wiener

Faculty Perspectives: Mark Borsuk

See related teams, DECIPHER: Going to Mars (2020-2021) and DECIPHER: Case Studies in Drinking Water Quality (2018-2019).

 

Image: Save Planet Earth, by Özgür Mülazımoğlu, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Save Planet Earth.

Team Leaders

  • Mark Borsuk, Pratt School of Engineering-Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Kathleen Burns, Trinity-English-Ph.D. Student
  • Tyler Felgenhauer, Pratt School of Engineering-Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Christine Ogilvie Hendren, Pratt School of Engineering-Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Varun Mallampalli, Pratt School of Engineering-Civil & Environmental Engineering-Ph.D. Student
  • Jonathan Wiener, Duke Law

/graduate Team Members

  • Andrew Frank, Juris Doctor
  • Rosanne Lam, Business and Environment
  • Mengfan Li, Civil & Environmental Engg-MS
  • Sam Pollan, Master of Environmental Management

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Aryil Bechtel
  • Matthew Brune
  • Elliott Davis, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB)
  • Qingqi Li, Civil Engineering (BSE)
  • Sergio Macias-Vazquez
  • Kevin Peng, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
  • Peter Polonsky Jr., Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Rohan Rajan, Mechanical Engineering (BSE), English (AB2)
  • Harshvardhan Sanghi, Mechanical Engineering (BSE), Economics (BS2)
  • Natasha Von Seelen, Electrical & Computer Egr(BSE), Computer Science (BSE2)
  • Megan Wang

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Evan Hepler-Smith, Arts & Sciences-History